12-year-old McFarland baseball player representing Wisconsin at MLB All-Star Game
MCFARLAND, Wis. — Twelve-year-old Braylan Roder is representing the state of Wisconsin at this year’s MLB All-Star game in the Pitch, Hit and Run competition.
The eighth grader plays pitcher and catcher and has been playing baseball for as long as he can remember.
“It’s a lot of fun,” he said, “There’s always action going on.”
You don’t have to look far to see where Braylan gets his love of baseball. His father, Brock, was also a baseball player and encourages Braylan to take on a challenge.
“YouTube videos aren’t going to teach you anything,” Brock said. “Get in the backyard and throw a couple buckets of balls.”
Brock is also using baseball to teach Braylan some life lessons.
“This is just a small aspect of life,” he said, “His principal actually came to me and he said, ‘I wanted you to know how respectful and how good of a kid your son is.'”
That statement meant a lot to Brock.
“Sports can only take some people so far,” he said. “But being a great person, like he has become, is pretty special.”
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